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er hs hybrid. someday, cars will be engineered only from lexus. okay. a big, important meeting is happening on the other side of the world, in switzerland, in davos, switzerland, you probably heard about it. the world economic forum. it gets under way tomorrow. time now to take you to the richard quest is on the ground next level. today, because who would want to "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ali velshi. avoid sitting on the mountains >> tony, thank you so much. in switzerland. i'm ali velshi, and i'll be he's looking at the agenda with you for the next two hours that's what we do, we look at the agenda. and for this time slot, every and in the case of davos, because it's a fancy event, it's weekday, every monday through friday. for the next two hours i'll take every important topic we cover got a fancy agenda. and i'll break it down for you. i'll try to give you a level of it's a book you're holding in detail that will help you make your hand. >> reporter: it is indeed, the important decisions about your voting, your spending and your book of the economic forum 2010, safety and security and maybe the next two hours will help you redesign, and rebuild. understand the world around you there are literally hundreds of better. we've been getting your comments panels and symposiums and at twitter at ali velshi and on
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discussions, workshops. facebook and my blog, you can plan your agenda. the question is, what exactly will you be planning? cnn/alivelshi. well, let's have a look. we're changings the show to and i promised you yesterday you make it better for you. were going to hear plenty more we've got brand new polling from of this particular noise. >> yeah. >> reporter: let's have a look cnn/opinion research corporation and see what they'll be talking about president obama. this is brand new polling that i about at the world economic forum. want to show you some details the serious stuff, of course. on. first of all, this is how you the major issue about global feel about president obama and how he's doing, how he is economic growth. handling his job. rethinking market capitalism, 49% of you approve of the way the president is handling his for example, there's an entire job. panel on that. along with one or two other a little bit more, 50%, ones. but if that's all a bit heavy. disapprove of the job that the how about this one? president is doing. now, this is a very, very detailed poll, and one of the constructing the ephemeral, life things that it indicates is that in the public realm. there's a great deal of approval of president obama. the bard and the buck, a the people seem to like him. but the country is split on exactly how they think the president is doing on his job. in fact, it's such a remarkable theatrical symposium. split, and in a moment i'll be and this is my favorite, since i was up in the mountain skiing, speaking to candy crowley to get in to some of that and how the switzerland, mystic or model? president is going to manage the ali, i don't know which of those new polling. but i want to show you you would prefer. there's plenty of very serious
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another piece from this polling, and the question is, how has ones. about economic growth, about market capitalism. president obama done with the but it does show it's about a topics that are of concern to you. president obama, according to our polling, has paid more broad church at the forum. attention to financial institutions than to the middle-class. >> what is at the end of this? 60% of respondents say that he's what are they supposed to come paid more attention to financial up at the end of this thing? institutions than to the you showed us the making of the middle-class. now, this is a big issue, snowman, rethinking, what is it, because yesterday we saw that the president announced he is rethinking, redesigning? >> reporter: yeah, it's going to -- he's going to unveil rethinking, redesigning, a middle-class tax -- rebuilding. >> gh gemeryrle like middle-class tax task force to deal wish issues confronting the john mack of morgan stanley, middle-class, but this is a john chambers, to get people growing problem for the president. like larry summers, the king of let's bring candy crowley in jordan and all the other to talk a little bit about this lower-ranking people as well, and how the president will deal into the same room at the same with it this week. time. he's got the state of the union tomorrow night, you and i no doubt will be talking about what coming up wednesday, but more importantly, this polling president sarkozy of france said reveals some interesting shifts in the american public about how in the opening address. they feel about the president, do i think that this year's candy. >> certainly they do. davos will be a -- a blinder and it's a trend that we began to see really toward the end of like last year's when the crisis the summer, just as criticism
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was at height? via tea party groups and others i do not. began to be on the upswing, and but i think there's merit in having the elite talking to the that is, that the people elite in an environment where continue to really like they can be honest with each president obama. they continue to think that he other. >> is this like the g-8s and the incorporates all of the qualities a president needs, but they don't like those policies. g-20s where they are trying to and you see that reflected in deal with financial reforms and things like that? >> reporter: i'm sorry, i was this poll in so many different nodding my head, saying no, but ways, and in very large gaps. all of a sudden i thought, so, it really sets up quite a maybe. it is in the sense -- what the challenge for president obama g-20 doesn't do is bring other going in to this year. this is an election year. stakeholders into the game. already tough. the g-20 is just leaders, he's come off a very difficult election, when they lost a finance ministers, central bankers, hangers-on. longtime-held senate seat for what this is, is actually -- you democrats. switched over into the republican column. and it really is kind of a basically have ceos, blueprint, if you look at these numbers, and i can assure you, policymakers, and you have ngos, the white house had similar numbers, will be looking at you have social networking these numbers, and what he has people. for instance, the founder of to do is do what? twitter is here. >> right. first of all, show that he's >> reporter: linkedthis is here. about main street, not wall street. i think that was the most i'm not going to bor you with devastating number that you showed up there. and number two -- yeah. the minutia of who is here. >> the 60% saying it's wall but it is the range of people.
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street and 28%, main street. for example, today i spoke to middle-class. let me just show you this one, the chairman of kpmg. because i want to get your comments on another one that tonight i'll talk to the head of speaks to exactly what you were saying. bain capital. this totality, ali, is what your opinion of president obama, 53% say he can bring change. davos is about. >> right. not bad, 53%. all right, a couple of other interesting segments that richard may or may not attend. 51% say he shares your values. 50% say they agree with him on reading leaders' minds, life on other planets, diary of a wimpy the issues and 49% say he can unite the country. what do those very close numbers kid and the future of on those four issues say about journalism. four bells for that. there you go, richard quest. what you were telling me about >> reporter: you wouldn't people's acceptance of president normally get four. obama? i did one thing today. >> that so far his performance >> what's that? has not lived up to the >> reporter: that i almost never get to do when i'm at davos. expectations of many americans. >> you skied, all right. and what's also interesting very good. about those particular numbers maybe we will get some video of is, in some ways, it's reverting that tomorrow. i hope you were recording it on to form, these numbers. a flip camera or something like that. >> reporter: tomorrow night i'll we saw these before the polls show you me on the slopes of for former president bush began davos. >> very nice. to tank and stay there. we saw this sort of split must-see tv. richard quest for you at the polling. world economic forum in dave and what we know is, what has president obama lost? he's lost the independents. vos they have shifted over, as they davos. we've got the resources of
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cnn behind the stimulus project, are wont to do, and they do not the stimulus desk. want believe, at this point, there's steve brusque and josh that he is sharing their values. levs, they're on shift right now. he has lost a lot of i do the later part of the day, independents. that's a lot of turf that he's but we'll show you what they're going to have to rebuild, digging up and how your money is because it's a very, very narrow being spent, whether jobs are majority in some cases, and a minority in other cases, created and whether your money particularly on a very, very is being spent effectively. 3 critical number there is shares your values. believes in issues you believe in. advisor:... ms. davis, this is onstar. >> yeah. >> people have to believe the president is fighting for them. i've received a signal you've been in a crash... >> all right. i'm contacting emergency services... candy, i want to talk to you 911 dispatch:...onstar reporting a front end crash... when we come back about this tax on wakefield road... chevy malibu... freeze that the president fire/ems:...air bags deployed... ...injuries reported... announced, how this is going to advisor: ma'am, help is on the way...ok. affect people, the spending freeze that the president and i'll stay on the line with you until they get there. announced and whether that will automatic crash response. built into 15 chevy models. help him deal with these numbers. i'll be back with you in a moment, our senior political analyst, candy crowley. we'll be dealing with these numbers and how the president will deal with his state of the union address later in the week and how the spending freeze will play out with you.
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very heavy few weeks politically. last week we saw the loss of a democratic seat in the senate, in massachusetts. we had a remarkable speech from the president on friday in which many observers say he switched his role to back of that to what he was as a candidate, and the state of the union later this
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week, and the budget next week. candy crowley joins me. we were talking about brand-new polling from cnn. this is quite a year. we've been doing stimulus project coverage on cnn, this week, what a busy week. we asked how much has president obama accomplished in his first year in office. only 12% said more than you expected. 44% said as much as expected, and 44%, exact same amount, said less than you expected. what do you make of that, if anything? >> again, i think in a lot of these polls what we're seeing are the numbers reverting to form, because what we know is, while there really was this huge swell of support and goodwill for the president, as there are for most presidents when they take office, the country remains pretty divided about a lot of things. and i think in some of these polls, that's what you're seeing. >> all right, let me show you and our audience some breakdowns
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of the domestic freeze, the spending freeze the president announced last night. of course it has to get through congress and it has to do with the budget, and he'll introduce the 2011 budget next week, it takes many months to get through this. but take a look at this it's a $3.5 trillion pie, the whole pie is that. the amount the president can put a freeze on, discretionary speb spending, that's not veterans affairs or social security, not entitlement spending, the only thing he can freeze is the $447 billion. they are protect ijecting it to over ten years. the money is substantially smaller than the news might suggest, candy, but it's symbol symbolic, it's highly symbolic. >> it is. because what have we seen? the polls? and, again, the white house watches them as closely as we do. the people really feel there was no bang for the buck in the
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stimulus plan. people understand overspending, they understand that they can't. they know intrinsically that something is wrong with spending more money than you have. and when you see the, you know, trillion dollar deficits, not to mention the debt, which i think is, like, $12 trillion, and then you see what sounds like a lot of money, $250 billion, it pales in comparison. however, the white house will say, we have to start somewhere. we have to do something. but, you're right, it is going to be probably more important for its symbolism, because this is the president saying, i'm worried about the deficit, too. i'm worried about overspending. i know that we have to start to cut back and here's where i'm going to begin. what they're hoping is the message will get out there, much as they are hoping with the middle-class initiatives that we saw yesterday. >> yes. >> having to do with student aid and elder care and things like that, much as he's hoping this will calm the middle-class in a way that says, i do understand you're having problems. >> right. >> here is some help. it's coming.
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i think these are message-oriented policy. >> the freezing of the discretionary spending if you wanted to give it a personal analogy, you can't cut your rent and cut your heat off, you can't cut your spending on those, but you cannot go to restaurants as much and not take cabs as much. there's only a piece of the budget he can deal with here. >> well, he could deal with the other parts of the budget, but he chooses not to at this point, and why? because it's medicaid, because it's medicare, because it's social security, because it's the defense budget in a time where people feel that the nation's security is paramount obviously. so, these are not areas where you really can cut politically, nor does the president particularly want to. so, you know, that leaves a very small amount of the budget. everybody knows -- and you probably more than most people even here in washington -- is that what's causing this deficit to go up are these entitlement programs. >> yes. >> and president after president
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has failed to kind of grab ahold of that. >> all right, candy, we'll be talking to you hopefully every day. we'll have state of the union on wednesday night and we'll have full coverage of that on cnn. our senior political correspondent, candy crowley, talking to us about these poll numbers. you can go to cnn.co lot of information about that polling. we'll talk to christine roamens now, i believe. christine is my co-host on "your $$$$$." we'll show you a picture of christine romans smiling so brightly there. we'll take a bit of a break. we'll talk about pork in the stimulus bill when we come back. i'm not talking about the pork you think, i'm talking about food, dough, pork, things like that. we'll talk about that when we come back.
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all right. all this week we are covering the stimulus project, which means we're looking in to the stimulus bill that was passed a year ago, seeing where that money has gone, where it's been wasted and where it's been used effectively to create jobs or to stimulate the economy, and we've got evidence of both of those stories. my good friend, christine romans, co-anchor of "your $$$$ $$$$$", which airs every weekends, saturdays and sundays and has looked into food and how it has played into it. >> it was the first big outlays we saw, millions of dollars to major food companies and billions of dollars, ali, for food stamps. the idea here, to take some of the pain, put a safety net under -- taking the pain away
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and putting a safety net under people who lost their jobs and are struggling because of the great recession. i want to show you how much money, $19.6 billion for food stamps over five years. 38 million americans right now are being fed in part by food stamps. that is a record. it's a 10 million increase in the number of people. that's more than 1 in 10 americans, ali, think of that. that's the number of people using food stamps right now. 100 million, a smaller amount, but we noticed this in the stimulus as well, $100 million to update some lunchroom equipment for school lunch programs. >> what do we think lunchroom equipment is? is that stuff, microwaves and vending machines? >> i think it's the hair net that the lady with the mac and cheese -- >> i don't know what that is. but a lot of money. >> school equipment, $100 million to upgrade the kitchens for the school lunch program, and also $100 million for food banks. some of the biggest names in food companies, delmonte, tyson,
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lakeside food company, a big company in wisconsin and minnesota, they got big, big multimillion dollar contracts for food banks to get their canned pork -- >> yeah. >> -- turkey, cheese, and other things into the food banks who have been out of a job. some parts of the country, ali, i'm told, the food banks their demand is up 40%. >> yeah, no doubt. >> so, your stimulus dollars literally landing from the treasury department to the food companies, onto the plates of americans. >> at least that's direct. listen, you may have heard me, i was talking to candy crowley, about the very important, big news about the president announcing that he wants to have a spending freegz ining freeze discretionary parts of the budget. i know you talked to some people about this this morning. >> and the republicans are saying, wait a minute, are democrats putting together a jobs bill at the same time the president is talking about freezing discretionary spending.
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this morning, jeffrey stacks, who is a prominent economist here in new york city, this is what he had to say about this plan -- >> last year, just spend, throw everything into a stimulus package, people saying, what's in there? and then this year, across-the-board freeze, frankly, the government has to make better choices and better plans than throwing things into a big pot in one year and then freezing across the board the next year. we have areas in that so-called discretionary spending that urgently need more funding. and to freeze across the board, i think, would be kind of a dereliction of duty actually of the government to make choices. >> a dereliction of duty of the government. i mean, he's saying that, look, it just looks like almost schizophrenic. on the one hand we are in the midst of the biggest stimulus in the history of this country. we're spending money to save the american economy and the american way of life. but we are -- we do have deficits and we're going to freeze discretionary spending. >> it's the opposite of a
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stimulus project. it's the exact opposite and i think jeffrey sachs illustrates great. thank you, christine, "your $$$$$" airs saturdays at 1 p.m. eastern and sundays at 1:30 p.m. eastern. the headlines. home prices are inching up. a closely watched index shows prices in november were up 0.2% on october on a seasonally adjusted basis. the index was still down more than 5% compared to the same time in the previous year. and that's how most people tend to look at their home prices. in afghanistan, a suicide car bomber struck just outside a u.s. military base in kabul. wounding eight afghan civilians and two american troops. that's according to an afghan official at the scene. the taliban is claiming responsibility. new exclusive cnn pictures on the day the quake hit haiti.
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just ahead, the latest casualty figures. we'll update you on the situation in haiti. and a live report at unrest at a food center in port-au-prince, where tempers are flaring.
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i want to continue to follow one of the biggest stories that we've had all year so far, and one of the biggest stories we've ever covered and that's the earthquake in haiti. bring you up to speed. we've had a lot of reports on a daily basis, and cnn as a whole on the ground. let me bring you up to date and it's grim. 150,000 people killed according to the government. others involved in the relief effort, the eu, have an estimate that 200,000 people have been killed. but as karl penhaul and others described to us, some people are being buried in mass graves to prevent a health hazard for
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having bodies on the street, so the count could be inaccurate. 194,000 people have been thought to have been injured by the earthquake. many people left port-au-prince to go elsewhere, so hard to collect the numbers and a lot of aid agencies would just as soon not be collecting numbers at this point, they'd rather be dealing with the survivors and how to treat them. it's estimated 1 million people have been displaced. it involves people that lost their homes or their shelters and people that left port-au-prince. the government estimates over 200,000 people have left port-au-prince. they've just fled so that they can go to places where there's less destruction and perhaps try and get shelter and some sort of livelihood there. a lot of the information we gather is from our team on the ground in port-au-prince, and karl penhaul is part of that -- that group. karl is live with us right now. he was covering a food line, and we were going to talk to you from there, karl, but you've actually left there because it's
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starting to get a little rough where you were. tell us about this. >> reporter: well, it was certainly getting rough earlier on, and it really just goes to show that two weeks after this earthquake, and that international agencies, even the united nations, hasn't got it organized to get enough food out to enough people so that desperation doesn't set in. we were driving down the road this morning, near the main square, which you can see behind me, and then suddenly we saw literally thousands of people starting to run. we looked to the other side, and we see a convoy of the united nations armored personnel carriers and two trucks, and we followed the crowd, literally thousands of people, clamoring and pushing to together for aid. and the brazilian peacekeepers accompanying that aid, had set up metal barricades. there were so many people that they were pushing together to try and get through the barricades and at several points, the brazilian peacekeepers had to drive them
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back, spraying them with pepper spray. and we heard a shot in the air as well. suddenly desperate people, choking and choking and also vomiting on the pepper spray that has been sprayed into their faces. one man turned to me, he said i've lost everything in the earthquake. i've lost my home, i've lost my family, and now i'm losing my dignity because i can't even get food and they're treating us like animals. i asked a brazilian colonel who is in charge of the operation, he says, we're doing the best we can. we're trying to drive the people back and get order so they don't crush one another. he said something to me that is very telling, he head the haitian people are not violent people, but right now they are desperate for food. we just cannot get them enough. ali >> what's the issue, a week ago -- we've been talking every day, karl, but a week ago there was a massive infrastructure problem. there was aid getting to the airport but there were road problems getting it to where it needs to go. is there enough food in the
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country for those who are desperate? it is a problem getting it to people, or are we still looking for more food in to haiti? >> reporter: that's a specific question that would have to be asked to the aid agencies. even in normal times they don't have enough to eat, and when they don't have shelt ed a somint aidionryhi y. ey bweenthat they o space out atdy fi oficos of op, e'nonoonf thod. around. tre was eh fo in a city with its infrastructure intact, there would be logistical problems getting it to everyone. we know that in large-scale events in major cities, with the infrastructure damaged like it is in haiti, it is further complicates what seems like a simple thing to many people. thank you, karl, as you are every day bringing us up to speed with what is going on. we cannot forget what is going in haiti, the worst seems to be
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over, but the reality is for some people the worst is yet to come. on the other side of the world a lot of people are discussing haiti among other things, and we're talking about the world economic forum in davos, switzerland. we'll come back after the break and richard quest is standing by and he's looking through the agenda in the world economic forum, and he'll tell us some of the interesting things heun it's n uffyyou mit in wei
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wildfires. one example of this, keep in mind when you see that, jobs doesn't mean permanent jobs. it lasts for a while. one thing we need to get is how long the jobs last. that's one example. along with that they sent us photos of people that are recipients of these jobs. we can take a look at a couple examples. we have a quote for you from the usda. let's go to that for a second. the usda spokesman gave us an example of spending more than
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$10 million of your stimulus funding, the jobs will create and save jobs in natural resources industries by funding high priority forest restoration and fuels mitigation projects. the grant recipients will put people to work thinning forests and removing dead or hazardous trees in colorado's forests to reduce the risk of fire and improve forest health. this is a reminder of how the funds are being ubsed. the wildfires in colorado can be incredibly destructive. the whole region is affected by them. they put more than $10 million in this case in several projects that will clearing out the brush in hopes it will be safer. >> we'll come back and talk to you in a little while. we're covering this all day on cnn, on "american morning," can a $5 million resort town restoration be a good use of stimulus aid. one woman is grateful the way the government is spending money. and tonight on "campbell brown" at 8:00 p.m. eastern, is the stimulus working for average
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americans? we'll have an interview with the president's point man on stimulus. he knows where all this money has gone. tonight at 10:00 on "ac360," why stimulus money is being wasted on unnecessary road signs. so, all this week the stimulus project, only at cnn, cnn.com, nmoney.com/stimus. you can go to l of t ples and getome ofur coveragen the imulus checking some headlines. the man charged with killing a yale grad student hasleaded notilty. ymonclarks accused of strangling annie le. she was found stuffed into a wall on what was to be her wedding day. a suicide bomber blew himself outside a police crime lab. the blast comes a day after three car bomb attacks hit several hotels killing at least
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36 people and wounding 71 others. these attacks are the latest in a series of well-planned strikes against high-profile targets in the iraqi capital. in haiti, john travolta has joined those bringing muc much-needed relief supplies. he flew his own boeing 727 with food and medical supplies from florida to haiti's capital. meanwhile, medical treatment continues for the injured and so does the struggle for countless people to find shelter. haiti's president has asked the world for 200,000 tents, saying that he'll sleaep in one himsel. when we come back, i'll talk to elizabeth cohen, who is back from haiti. you saw her reporting in the initial days of the earthquake. she was reporting on the people being treated and the doctors moving in and doing themselves. and more importantly, the tough decisions the doctors had to make. good friends -- we compare our progressive direct rates, apples to apples, against other top companies, to help you get the best price.
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doctors in haiti making life-and-death decisions about which patients stay behind, which ones are flown out to the united states for treatment. senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, is just back from the quake sezone. you were reporting from, i don't know if it was one or different health facilities that you were at, but there was one i remember seeing you at a lot. >> it was one hospital, and it didn't have a name. >> right. >> it grew up sort of ad hoc,
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it's so organic, it never had a name. it was basically run by the university of miami. at the beginning it was 1 doctor with 300 patients. and other doctors flew in. >> just of their own accord. >> of their own accord. from all over the place. theres were no government funding or organization. >> you kept talking about the lack of supplies, the shortage of supplies. but the issue wasn't just the shortage of supplies, but the decisions that had to be made because they were performing in an ad hoc facility. >> they could do amputations and that was it. they couldn't do anything more complex than that. the doctor that was in charge of getting people out thereof, he said, elizabeth, look around. there's about 40 people i want out, but i can't get 40 of them out. i can maybe get two of them out tonight and maybe two out another night back to miami or some of them he sent to martinique. let me tell you about a little girl named baby patricia and i'll tell you why she got the name in a minute. this was a little girl one
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doctor really fought for. you can see doctors were trying to get this little girl go. she was in rubbing by herself surrounded by dead family members. they think she is 2 or 3 months old. she was so dehydrated, they could not get an iv in to her, they had to put it in through her bone marrow, they could not get it in. but she survived. and she would be dead if they couldn't get her to miami. they fought hard and got her on a plane to miami. >> oh, wow. >> there was a huge discussion, some doctors said, wait a minute, this baby will die on the plane. why don't we send another patient. >> who we know will survive. they can only do basic things, some people that weren't flown out to they are places may have had to face an amputation or didn't have the treatment they could have, so they might have recovered differently elsewhere. >> let me tell you about another girl named michelle. she had an injury called a degloving. you can imagine, literally the skin comes off the hand.
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it's bandaged up and they cleaned it so she wouldn't die of infection. i was talking to the young surgeon, dr. veronica diaz, she's from allegheny hospital. i could give her the use of her hand at home, i could do certain things with the microscope and skin grafts and she could have use of her right hand. she'll never have use of her hand. it will be like this, because that's all they could do. i wanted her on a plane to miami but we couldn't do it because other people's lives were at stake. these doctors were extremely frustrated with their limitations. >> they've all done a remarkable job. >> they are heroes, every single one, every one. >> how frustrating to make the decisions on behalf of people. and for you having to report on that. that's just sad, because you want to be able to fix it. and we take so much for granted. >> that's right. >> excellent reporting for you and our team. thanks so much nor doing that and for being here. i look forward to having you here every day.
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the president wants to freeze domestic spending in the budget. in fact, it's only spending. it's only a portion of the budget. we'll try to understand how that will rein in the deficit. just ahead i'll put some questions to a senior white house adviser about spending, about stimulus, and about the state of the unionen. (announcer) a cold or flu can start fast. it can go from a scratchy throat in the morning. to a cough. to a full body ache... at night. new tylenol cold rapid release gels day and night work fast too. they release medicine fast to relieve painful coughs, congestion and sore throats. so you can rest, day and night. feel better, tylenol cold.
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all right. we are back at the stimulus desk. this is a project that cnn has got going on, 17 hours a day, d day this week. we are digging through the stimulus projects. 60,000 of them -- >> well, i want to get a shot of this. >> some of them are one line or two lines. but we are making phone calls to find out the projects. >> the 60,000 projects. >> i knew you would topple live on tv, and now i have the youtube moment. so what we are doing is to piece through them and one that caught our eye, because when we fau faulk -- talk about the economy we are hearing a tbt herbert hoover institute and national historic site. we will zoom in and take it fully. you will see what happens here. well, basically, you are looking at cnn.com stimulus. i will come back to this. this is the herbert hoover
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national his tokic si ii ii iic. it is in iowa. when you look at iowa.gov and where they are spending their money, they have $759,000, and there it is highlighted. they are getting that for restoration work over there, so one thing, we are looking at how many jobs were created there and how long they last. if you look at recovery.gov, you can see the jobs at the end of october, it was 640,000 jobs reported back then, but then a job can be two days or two weeks. so we need to know the times on these things. so one of the nings toof the th cnn.com/stimulus, you can see it for yourself. >> and what we believe you should be able to do is to try to get transparency on where the stimulus money has been spent. in fairness, josh, we have been doing this for a while. there are jobs created, and there are some of the projects
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that are noble and make a lot of sense. >> no douchlt what bt. what we are doing is goat the facts out there. for people to decide. where the jobs are showing up and how long they are lasting is what we need to know the most. >> that is the big question and some of them are harder to get information on than other, and i will take over for josh in a little why, and we will carry on throughout the night in the prime time shows as well. >> and we will have a senior economist with us and senior policy adviser to vice president biden and i will be with him in a moment ♪
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all right. let's go straight to the white house and jared bernstein is the economic policy adviser to vice president biden and he is is a friend of the show. thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> i want to ask you about the congressional budget office and we are talking about the stimulus bill, and we have news that the congressional budget office has hiked the forecast for how much the stimulus bill is going to cost by $75 billion to $862 billion. so does that mean that everything we are talking about the $787 now becomes $862 billion? >> well, think hay the $787 is an appropriate reference point for everything that we have been talking about thus far. any new estimates may have to do
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things with more takeup on the unemployment insurance rate, but in terms of the tens of thousands of projects that are funded whether you are talking about infrastructure, business lending, whether you rare talkig about broadband or smart grid or wind, solar -- >> well, i am just asking, jared, if that number is fair to say? >> well, i have to take a look at the cbo, but at this point i think that the $787 is a fair point. >> okay. on sunday shows we had some of the colleagues out there, valerie jarrett out there talking about the stimulus bill adding thousands and thousands of jobs and robert gibbs talking about 1.5 to 2 million jobs and david axelrod talking about the 2 million jobs from the stimulus, but from this desk, we are trying to figure out how many jobs were created and what have you figured out in term of the stimulus and how many jobs were create and how many will be
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created? >> well, the discrepancy comes from, and this is a good thing, a number of independent analysts have looked at this very question of how many job has the recovery act helped to save or create. fi to if i told you our estimates you would say, okay. >> 546 -- >> no, that is not correct. the recipient reports cover one-third of the stimulus spending. now, the council of economic advisers will tell 1.5 to 2 million jobs created through the third quarter and the congressional budget office will tell you as many as 2.4 million jobs by the end of last year. the important thing i think for the viewers to recognize is to put all of the numbers together, take an average and see if we are in the ballpark. the ballpark is this 2 million jobs saved or created through the fourth quarter of last year.
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that you can take to the bank, because that is really an average of the set of independent analysts who hover around that number 2 million jobs saved or created through a q4 of 2009. >> 2 million jobs sim porntd s for us to know. jared, we want to talk about the brand new polling we have at cnn koukt dd conducted by cnn and the rand corporation. 44% believe that the president has paid as much to the financial institutions as 60% believe for the financial institutions and 28% for the middle-class. how do you deal with that response? >> yesterday, i sat in a room over there at the executive office building as listened as the president and the vice president made a set of announcements, announcements that the president will amplify tomorrow night in the state of the union address about in
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initiatives about middle-class families, and i will take you through them in a second, but when we got here the financial system was on the brink of collapse and we talk about main street and wall street as if they are divided, but when we talk about the life blood flow of the economy, the dots have to be connected, so to bring the financial market back to stability was significant part to bring the economy back from the brink. the economy has never been far from my mind or the president's mind, and in just an announcement yesterday, they emphasized a new set of policies directed precisely to the middle-class families. and they talked about nearly doubling the child care costs and burden someeducation bills and keeping that at a minimum
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and automatic retirement accounts -- >> well, when you are freezing the $46 billion that the president can freeze in the next budget, isn't that the opposite of what you are saying? how do you increase spending that are things that are going to help the middle-class while you are freezing domestic spending in the budget. >> this is a really important question and i appreciate the chance to answer it. if you did an across the board freeze where everything came down, and what i call a sledge hammer freeze, where everything comes down by the same amount, you couldn't, and your question would be absolutely on point. the freeze that the president is talking about is not across the board. it is a scalpel not a sledge hammer. it gets into the budget and pulls out the parts that don't have anything to do with boosting middle-class incomes and jobs and everything to do with the boosting lobbyists and special interests, and you take that part and lower it or raise where this freeze is in certain
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parts of the s of ts of the dis spending that apply to the bucket and clearly more will come down than up, but it is not an across the board freeze in any stretch. >> thank you, chairman bernstein. thanks for breaking that out, and i hope you go back to the white house and go all of the way through to tell your colleagues that you think it is 2 million jobs that the stimulus will create or has created so we are all on the same place. >> thank you. >> jared bernstein is the chief economic adviser to vice president biden. we are talking about tightening the purse and trying to get congress to freeze the spending on things that are not discretionary, and what that means is that there are some things that are entitlements that are discretionary and some things that the president can't easily freeze spending on, so he is planning to make the
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announcement in the state of the union speech, and he is saying that the spending cuts could save $250 billion in ten years. we go over the gloria bornlger to discuss this more. what we are hearing from jared bernstein is that the president wants to emphasize certain thing to s to help the middle-class and he announced it yesterday for the middle-class workforce and he is trying to freeze certain spending, and try to help us get our heads on this. >> what you have pointsed out throughout the show is that this discretionary spending pot, right, is about 1/6 of the entire budget, and it is a small pot of money relatively speaking to the rest of the money, but it is a huge part of the politics, small amount of money, and big amount of politics here. because what the president has to show, and particularly with this new news that you pointed out about the stimulus going to
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cost more than we thought, the president understands, and he has a huge problem when it comes to spending. people think he is a big spending, big government president, and that is what they don't like, so he has to show some fiscal restraint here and that is what this is about. so, it is a way to start, but make no mistake at it, ali, it is not a huge part of the way we spend our federal money. >> i want to clarify for the viewers what you were referring to, and that is that we had it at the bottom of the screen, the fact that the nonpartisan congressional budget office has hiked the forecast for how much the stimulus bill is going to cost. we are talking about this all week this week, and we are talking about $787 billion and the congressional budget office saying they are raising the estimate of the cost by $75 billion to $862 billion which is the cost of the stimulus bill. we asked jared bernstein about that, and he was not able to confirm that from his end. gloria, who wins and loses in
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the president's attempt to say we will have more fiscal discipline and we will be more responsible or try to show that we are more responsible with the money? who does that anger and who does that win support of? >> well, first of all, the voters. the voters out there and particularly the independent vote tlaers that the president lost traction with lately is what they want to hear. they don't want big government and they don't want to spend more money on big government, and health care has been a part of that. the president is probably going to make everybody a little frustrated this with. he is going to make the liberal colleagues frustrated, because they believe that you ought not to do it. and some of them say, okay, we will go along with that, but you ought to cut back defense, too, if you are going to cut back domestic discretionary spending, but these are people who had eight years of george w. bush and even though democrats say
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that bush spent a lot, republicans say he didn't spend enough. in order, you have republicans in washington saying this is a drop in the bucket, and gimmick and it won't do anything, and i am sure they will go along with it, but it is too little too late. >> let's listen to one of the rps, steny hoyer and what he had to say about this. >> yes, the freeze will be a constraint, but most of the members to which you refer understand that they are publics, and they are committed to fiscal balance in the long term. i think that they understand that we have to make priorities. >> obviously i misspoke, that is the democrat majority leader and not a republican. we have a response from republican michael steele, representative john boehner, and
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minor saying that giving washington an unprecedented spending binge is like announcing you are going on a diet after winning a pie-eating contest. >> that is what we were talking about, neither seemed excited about it. did steny hoyer seemed excited to talk about? no, it seemed like he had to take castor oil. and did any of the moderate democrats elected in red districts have to go home to show they have voted on spending cuts, and that is important to them, but then again, john boehner says this is silly, because they are spending so much money, and by the way, is the stimulus package won't be affected be i this either. >> thank you, gloria, for helping us through this. we will stay on this and not only today, but through the state of the union tomorrow, which is the centerpiece of the president e
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president's address to the nation, and that is tomorrow. now, let's explore a question with christiane amanpour, did haiti's government fail its people?
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but the reality is that there are a number of people who have experience with earthquakes or disasters of that magnitude who think that maybe the haitian government didn't do if right thing in the immediate aftermath of this devastating earthquake. we go to the chief international correspondent christiane amanpour who is in port-au-prince to give us a sense of what this is about. christian? >> well, ali, as you know, since the beginning the haitian people have been desperate for instruction, desperate for guidance, and the government was all but knocked out on the first day of the earthquake, symbolized by all of the buildings of the government, including the presidential palace, which had either crumbled or been badly damaged. now they are relocated, but it seems a hard time to get the message out to the people showing they are in charge. we have spoken to several officials here and spoken to the brazilian foreign minister at the montreal conference and he said, yes, despite the hardship, the government should be getting the word out to the people better. i spoke to the former haitian
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prime minister last night who is on the way to the world economic forum who said if she had been the president at the time, she would have requested huge tents for the people from the united states government or whoever would have given them to them, and seen them on the lawn of the presidential palace to show that they were giving instructions to the people about what to do next. this is what she said. >> it is the time to talk to the people. it is the time to give directions. everybody is in a sad mood. everybody has lost people. everybody is mourning. but we have a country. we have 9 million haitians here that need to know what to do. >> and precisely that, they need to know what to do and where to get what they need. for instance, the whole issue of food, medicine, shelter and right now shelter is becoming a big issue, because there aren't these huge tents that have been
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put up. they haven't had happened yet, so people in makeshift bits of curtain and plastic and tin that they have recuperated and repsyche told set up these shanti shanties, and there are some on huge green tents to house multiple families, and the people and the government are also asking for that. the president rene preval have asked for 10,000 big all-purpose tents, because in the spring more rains and in the summer shelter is a basic necessary. food is getting out more and more to the people, and more and more lines we are seeing, but at the same time, some disturbances at the lines, and nothing huge, but some anger and frustration about the food being distributed. as i say the pipeline is difficult to unblock since the earthquake. medicine, we were at a hospital earlier up the hill, and what we saw there was huge numbers of
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international doctors whether they be from america, from europe, from all parts of the caribbean and latin america and europe and elsewhere and also military in the hospitals just trying to do the best they can, and there we did see lots of medical supplies and food supplies and a lot of people trying to get the medical situation in order. but, shelter right now is shaping up to be a big and dire necessary. >> christiane, to the point that the former prime minister was making and you made earlier, how effective is the government at this point communicating with the people? are there bull horns or radios or fliers? are they communicating better today than let's say ten days ago? >> better, yes. they are going on the radio. they also have twice daily briefings at the makeshift government headquarter which is the police headquarters near the airport which the u.n. headquarters and 10:00 briefing and various different ministers and officials depending upon what they have to send out and
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what they have to say. also, of course, as i say, it is very difficult, because the inf inf infrastructure has collapsed, but for instance the kids are not in school, because many of them have collapsed, but there is no assessment or idea of how and when to bring the children back into some organized group where they can at least congregate with friends, with teachers. so many problems trying to organize even that. i was speaking to the education minister earlier today, and he said he is still waiting to talk to the prime minister to try to figure out that urgent need as well. >> well, the only good thing about this is over your right shoulder a couple of kids kicking the soccer ball around, so one piece of normalcy. yeah, i hear you. >> yeah, but they would rather have a school. >> yes, and food and place to live. that is christiane amanpour, our
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chief correspondent. and we have brought you news that the nonpartisan congressional budget office has predicted that there will be an added cost to the stimulus. they are saying it will now cost $75 billion more than original to $862 billion. this is news just coming in, but we are on the stimulus story all week. that is the stimulus desk, and we are following every one of the 56,000 projects receiving government money to see what is going on. when we come back, we will talk more about this and to josh lefs who is right there following the stories for us. so, what do you think?
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♪ fi had a million dollar ♪ if i had a million dollars ♪ well i'd buy you a house ♪ i'd buy you a house >> that is the unnecessary canadian content on the show. josh, boy, if you had a million dollars and many more times a million you might come up with the amount of money in the stimulus bill. that is why we are spending the week on it. important news coming out. >> yes, want you to understand and all of the u vhe viewers understand. the figure you have been hearing us forever use is $787 billion by the recovery and investment act. and now we are going to call this the $862 billion. and where is that money coming from? and why is it costing more? well, clear it out and we will tell you the key reasons they are saying in a report coming out today. this is not a shock.
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unemployment is higher than they expected. >> yes. >> a lot of to knhe money callee $787 is about unemployment and social security, and so that makes it billions and billions more. and also, i have done reporting on this, and many more americans on food stamps than we foresaw. millions of americans on food stamps, and that money is coming out of the pile. and also, this is good and bad, the build america bonds are being sold to fund some of the money, but bonds are government debt. so with the unemployment, and the more boon, you are jumping higher. >> all right. i talked with jared bernstein who is the chief economic adviser to the president, and he would not give me an agreement that they confirmed agreement
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with these numbers, but unemployment is higher than they expected, but the irony is that it is not a lot than a lot of people said it would be. so for this to catch them off guard to make the $787 billion into $862 billion right now is an interesting discussion that the administration his to explain. >> and let me add something else as well. we have said that $787 is the figure given and the cbo is what the government uses, too. when president obama says he wants the health care plan to pay for itself, he is waiting for the cbo to say it. so people trust the cbo inside of the government. burr we always knew it would be higher, because the $787 is huge, but we are paying interest on this, so you have compounding interest, so maybe it will go $1 trillion. but what we are seeing is a huge jump in the government expenditures according to the
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cbo. >> well, it is a 10% jump. from $787 to $862. okay. josh, we will stay on this and your team will continue to make phone calls about where the money is going and whether jobs are being created with it. when we come back, we want to talk about national security. a new report says that bioterrorism within the united states is actually up.
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bears and when the wind chill is like this -- >> even they go inside. >> well, the owls are not photogenic today. in chicago, it feels like 11 outside, and oklahoma city, maybe a month or so ago, they got walloped with ice and snow and over the next 48 hours, oklahoma city, you are going to have to dig in, again. there is a winter storm watch out, and that starts on thursday. you have to really watch it as the storm system moves in from the south central u.s., and california is getting a taste of rain, but not like last week or so. >> just dry sunny days for a few days? >> yes, in and out and it is going to be done. >> all right. thank you, karen. i want to tell you about the u.s. getting a failing grade for bioterrorism threats. nearly a decade after september 11th, and this is what the report said, a month after the christmas day bombing attempt, a
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commission set up to assess national security measures has given the u.s. a failing grade to response time for a bioterror attack. it is called a report "bioterrorism report." it is if a bioterrorism attack could be by 2015. some of the comments were interesting. we should think about the delayed response to h1n1 response was woefully behind in producing vaccines. but here is what is interesting, this came with months of warning. i remember getting criticism that you guys at cnn are scaring people. they are saying that a bioterrorism attack won't come with a warning, so if it took
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that long to get ready for a virus we knew about, what happens to those we don't know about? and the u.s. got failing grades on congressional oversight, and in producing the next generation of security experts. now, let me tell you what they got good grades for, a grades. this is from the con gresh nal oversight. this is national and homeland security integration. and designation of a senior adviser for national destruction proliferation and terrorism and the development of a national strategy for biophren shicforen these are all things that the government got good grades on, but overall, the idea that the u.s. is not adequately prepared for a bioterrorism attack that could come as soon as 2015. so we have talked so much about haiti, and many of you are curious about the situation respect to kids and or phphans.
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we are committed to continuing coverage of the effects of the earthquake on haiti. earlier we gave you the numbers of the number of people who were killed. let's talk about the kids. we have talked here at cnn about the children. there are children in need of nutritional support, children in need of food. 300,000 children younger than 2 need nutritional support in
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haiti. what i don't know is if the figures include the number of children who needed nutritional support before the earthquake. obviously, we know that haiti was a very, very poor country, but right now 300,000 children younger than 2 need nutritional support. and 90% of the schools in port-au-prince have been destroyed. christiane amanpour was just talking about this. 263 orphans from haiti have been evacuated to other countries. anderson cooper has been on the story and the threat of human trafficking of people picking up the orphans or fast adoptions, and we will listen to what anderson has to say. >> reporter: it is a rare sound in haiti these days, kids being kids. these are children orphaned by the earthquake now under the care of unicef. they have food and shelter, and people watching over them. but thousands of other new orphans and children separated from their families are still living on the streets in makeshift camps or overcrowded
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hospitals. increasingly, doctors and nurses that we have talked to are concerned not just about their medical condition, but also about their physical safety. dr. laura asher works in a hospital camp on the outskirts of port-au-prince. how worried are you about the security of the kids now? >> we are extremely worried. we spent yesterday and the last four days going down to the u.n., and going up the chain of command, and we have talked to the u.s. army and spoken to the u.s. air force, and we have done everything that has been documented about our attempts to try to get somebody on base to take care of this camp for all of us. >> reporter: she says that there was a suspicious man on hospital grounds removed several days ago. she is convinced, he was trying to steal a child, and feels that no one is listening to her. >> that sis unacceptable! this is unacceptable! it is not about us, not about the physicians alone or the
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doctors or the nurses, it is about these children. that is unacceptable. >> reporter: at another hospital, dr. elizabeth balino says that the security is tight, but she worries constantly about someone taking a child. >> we are on full lockdown here, and we have security walking around all of the time, and my eye is constantly on at least 20 kids. especially i keep an eye out for the orphans. >> we really feel that it is a situation that the kids need actual protection? >> oh, oh, yeah. >> reporter: unicef agrees and they are raising the alarm about children potentially being trafficked and stolen for adoptions or sexually exploited or domestic servants. >> we have reports that children are being trafficked out of the country by boats and across the borders to santo domingo, and this is of course, something we are are very concerned about and want to prevent children being exploited. >> reporter: why would kids be trafficked?
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who would be trafficking them? >> obviously, when an emergency hits, it is an opportunity for those who try to exploit children, and now that they are particularly vulnerable, and many of othem don't have parents, many of them, and there is nobody to look after them. >> reporter: most at risk are the new orphans or those separated from their families. we don't know how many there are, but we have met many. a few days ago we met johnny who was alone at a hospital. he didn't remember his last name, and nurses believed the parents were dead, but no one knew for sure. we found these kids looked after by a group of adults a at small children, and we believed they were orphans and told they were available for adoption. it was not clear whether they wanted a local orphanage to take the kids, but after quizzing the kids, it turned out they do have family members who want to take care of them. there are a new number of
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orphans created here and people want to adopt them, but groups like unicef say it is critical not to have new ad adoptions, and there has to be a system in place, and right now it is too confusing and who is a real orphan and who is just separated from the parents and who has an extended family to take care of them in the days and years ahead. unicef has begun to identify and track unaccompanied children, and that process will likely take a long time, but for now, they are trying to find and protect as many kids as fast as they can. anderson cooper, cnn, port-au-prince. have you seen the movie "ave tar atar" well, if you haven't, you are not alone. a lot of people are saying it is anti-religion. we will be back. more wings ! no way he'll be in first thing tomorrow.
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billion worldwide. here is jason carroll. >> think, fly. >> reporter: james cameron's "avatar" is opening up a pandora's box. something blue is some people seeing red. >> if you are a hard-working person, you should be offended. >> reporter: this film some says pushes a liberal agenda. >> it is pushing the liberal agenda, and the bad guys are the american military. >> every living thing that crawls, flies or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for ju-ju beads. >> reporter: they are mercenaries hired by a corporation bent on mining the
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planet's resources at the indigenous beings' expenses. a betrayal drawing angry reaction from the u.s. marine corps director. they say that the film takes mo sophomoric shots at our military. cameron could not disagree more, because he says his brother served in the corps. what is it thematically that you are trying to accomplish? >> i want to take people to another world and out of the daily lives on a fantasy journey. what sour plais our place? what are we here for? >> reporter: those who say that the movie is pro environment, but anti-religious? the loszrvatore says that the beings are spiritual. >> if you are trying to sell a
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movie to the widest audience possible, you won't say, i have made a movie left wing, and maybe after $10 billion, he will say, okay, it is left wing, but not until then. >> reporter: for now, audiences keep coming with their own opinions. >> i think it is anti-overbearing military and anti-imperialist military. >> i didn't think there was a message, but a mind-blowing visual experience more than anything. >> reporter: jason carroll, new york. checking the headlines, the fda has just recalled some medical products used in hospitals, clinics and homes. these are things to draw blood or administer liquids through ports sold by excel, and sometimes called exelint and they are huber needles and you can find specific codes at
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fda.gov. home sales were up a .02 on a seasonally adjusted basis. good news, but don't get too excited the index was still down 5% from the previous year. in france, some leaders are calling for a burqa ban. they are asking for a resolution to keep women from wearing the face-covering vail s -- vei many places like hospitals and schools. and when we come back, we will check in with ed henry. when we come back, check out the tie he is wearing. we will talk about that amongst other very important political matters. the ed henry segment when we come back.
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oh, it is time for the "ed henry segment" with ed henry at the white house, and i just -- i mean, do you tie that yourself, ed, or a clip-on? >> i do. i want to tell you that you went after my tie yesterday so i thought i would bring out a doozy today and last night i got no less from authority roland martin who i will take style advice from him and not you, but he said i need a pocket square. >> do you have one? >> yes, i do have one today, but it is small. and also, a camera, one of the photo journalists accosted me in the elevator and said, don't take anything from ali. this cameraman said he will tell me, that velshi and he said, pick a pattern. >> pick a pattern. all right. if i get a segment on your show, it is going to be called "pick a pattern." ed, while we are talking about all things cool, the coolest thing to be in 2009 or at least the beginning of it was a democrat.
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>> absolutely. you had pressure on the way in here. for the segment, and democrats are under a lot of pressure, because of the retirement we are seeing in the house and the senate, and in fairness we have to point out, there are several house and senate republicans heading for the exits as well. it is natural for the first midterm election after a new president is elected that he or she will lose seats, but i think that there is a special pressure building on the democrats, and we saw it yesterday. when you had the vice president's own son beau biden say he is not going to run for the senate seat that his father gave up in delaware a year ago as you noted when the obama/biden team was sworn n it was a foregone conclusion that joe would pass the seat on to his son, but now it is looking like a republican pickup. just today, a democratic candidate from michigan bart stupak said he would not be running. these folks don't want to take a
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risk, because they see that the climate is rough. now, you see blanch lincoln, there and very interesting story, because last night she put ut on twitter the account is at blanch for senate, and fore and she said major campaign announcement tuesday. that people not just on twitter, but here in washington that another democrat would retire, and she said no, she has several million dollars in the bang and she will push back hard against the republicans, and that is good news for the democrats, but they have had a streak of bad luck with candidates. >> because of the appeal of obama and the social networks, you might get the impression that the democrats lead the networking in washington? but that is not the case. >> right. as the group in washington who does the fact checking, says
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that the republicans are using twitter and facebook doing a better job with the social media and i checked before we came on and john mccain has 1.75 million followers on twitter, and far more than either one of us combined i should point out. i remember a time in covering john mccain, and i had just covered president bush and he said, "i have used the google" which made people wonder if the republicans understood the internet, and people said that john mccare is aware of it. it is sort of like you are aware of world hunger, really, but you had not touched it. so that made a lot of people think that the republicans are out of touch, but john mccain now has 1.75 million followers on twitter and more republicans on capitol hill are using the social media than democrats, and another area where the democrats have to catch up now. >> you mentioned that you have a twitter account at ed henry --
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he is ahead of me. >> well, it is embarrassing because you have a whole show. >> yes, but you have a segment name affidavit you. >> yes, i feel like conan o'brien, because when management told me i would get a segment named after me they said, it is good, because it is on the fastest growing new show and i said, great, i'm going to be on "rick's list" and they said, no, it is about a half hour and we are going to call it "ed henry" just like the "tonight show" but it is not at that time slot, but 2:40. >> we are moving it around. >> i am teasing you, ali. good luck with the new show. >> well, ed, that is one crazy tie. ed, we look forward to seeing lots of you. ed will be with us for coverage of the it is the of the union wednesday at 8:00. we are of course teasing and covering the stimulus bill. i need to talk to you about this, because things have changed. we have been talking about a
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$787 million stimulus bill, but it is going to be worth $82 million more. if you have a project, let us know, because we want to keep up with you. that is the cnn stimulus desk and when we come back, i will give you an yupdate of where we stand with that.
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all right. we are here back at the stimulus desk and things are changing rapidly today, and he is something that we are committed to doing, but now we are finding out that the stimulus is a lot more expensive than it is. our core job is making phone calls to the proekt jects to fi out where the money went and how many jobs it created. >> well, these binders in case you don't know, are filled with tens of thousands of projects, about 57,000 projects that were funded by the original stimulus passed last year. this is an interesting one about picnic tables. this is an image from the control room can take for you, this is from a website called pilotrock.com. these were set up at a handful of national parks all over the country and seems to find an ad to have picnic parks and this was done with stimulus money.
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so there was a company that was to get these up and running at national parks. there were no jobs createded, but where it was and the amount is $110,000. so what has happened now is that the white house took a look at this and said, $110,000 and picnic tables and other things at national park not an appropriate expenditure in the white house view, and they have given us a statement. this is from a white house woman who said that this purchase however small was not in line with the high standards for the recovery act, and the army corp has been informed that similar purchases should not be made going forward with public money. so it was the army corp that in charge of this, so the spokesman saying this should not have been used, so an example where the white houset is no happy either. >> we were looking at a area
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with the night shift where the army corp had asked for contaminated soil to be removed and they gave that contract $15 million to another company. again, zero jobs created. so, is this an accounting problem? we have seen instances where jobs are created and some where it is not. >> and you can decide whether people are going to the park and there are subjective of whether stimulus dollars should go or not go is subjective. but this is how much was expended and some people think, when you are bailing out banks, get more picnic tables, but others against it. so as we dig into these, we are looking into more and more of these, and the white house said they don't want to see this b r particular expenditure, and zero jobs from that. >> and we got more from the $82 billion increase from $787 to
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what? >> $867. yes, a 10% jump. we will break that down from today through the course of the evening, and some of it is increased unemployment and food stamps and things like that. we will take a break, but when we come back, we are going to talk about a school that has banned a book. i will tell you about that book when we come back.
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♪ she works for hard the money ♪ so you better treat her right ♪ ♪ she works hard for the money ♪ all right. that is the stimulus desk working hard to find that money. rick sanchez is up next with "rick's list." let's talk about what is coming up next. >> well, you have been doing the stimulus thing, and how is that working out so far? let me interview you, ali. >> well, we are finding out a lot of things, rick. some of it good, and some of it questionable, but bottom line, people want to know where the money is going. >> have you been seeing what is going on with john ensign in nevada? he came on and did an interview with me, and we were talking about, well, look, the guy cheated on his wife and has a mistress and it happens. and that happens and although
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noteworthy, not news worthy, but it seems like he was trying to get brooth the mistress and the mistress' husband, the chief of staff, out of the way. when he came on my show, did he think i was not going to be asked about this? >> well, anybody should be asked about it. >> well, he is about to be asked tough questions again. >> he is coming on again? >> no, the fbi is asking him the same things about his relationship with doug hampton and about whether or not he was perhaps involved in some illegalities and now the senate ethics committee is going to continue the investigation with him. so when i told you in the begin of the investigation, he was a pickle, i was not kidding. >> that is a large pickle. rick, we are going to be watching. rick's list starting at 3:00 p.m. and now, the x-y-z of it. it has been a while since a book ban has made headlines and the
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same few always pop up, "catcher in the rye" and "heather has two mommies" but here is another one that has been pulled from the fourth and fifth-grade classrooms. the dictionary. seems that a parent called and complained about the descriptions of oral sex. and the administrators went all over to gather them all up, and now i saw a quote from a school spokeswoman who said that the dictionaries have not been banned. maybe she needs to crack one open and look at that word. ban means to prohibit, especially by legal means to prohibit the use of performance.
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